Best 2015/2016 50" TVs Editor's Choice for Quality, Value, and Budget (Also 49”)

(chosen by editors Robert Wiley, Jack Burden and Phil Conner)

50" is a very popular TV size and these are the models that we feel comfortable in recommending for 2015 also based on availability. In our review testing lab we look for consistency in a brand and model series in many categories such as Picture Quality attributes from all resolutions and in a dark or light room environment. We look for good features, gaming performance, and aesthetic appearance with a solid working platform from the menu interface and remote control.

Samsung UN50JU6500 4K UHD
Editor's Choice: Best Quality

For $940 you get the full 4K UHD upscaling benefits. Samsung's light flow through from the ultra clear panel is also great.

Vizio M50-C1 4K UHD LED
Editor's Choice: Best Value

We recently gave this model a 94/100 score in Value. Vizio has a very complete offering in the M-series 4K series. You get value and 4K UHD resolution in one package for $799. We were impressed by the upscaling quality in recent testing. Read review

Sharp LC-50LB371u 1080p Smart Roku TV
Editor's Choice: Best Price

This is a Best Buy only Roku Smart TV from Sharp for only $499. The interface and options are exceptional and the picture quality solid. Read review

LG 49LF6300 LED 1080p

Another $799 offering, this LG has lots of nice features like the excellent Magic Remote and an IPS panel for better side angle viewing. Read review

Vizio e50-C1 LED 1080p
Editor's Choice: Best Budget Model

This inexpensive Vizio model sells for around $540, has solid picture quality and most of the necessity Smart TV Apps. Has 3 HDMI inputs. Read review